Seeking a medical second opinion is a good idea

Many people put their full trust in the American health care system, and accept the diagnoses given to them by knowledgeable physicians. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, however, between 10 and 20 percent of medical diagnoses in America are inaccurate, costing patients unnecessary medical expenses and potentially their lives. These staggering statistics show the prevalence of … [Read more...]

Taking an active role in one’s health can prevent medical errors

Although many Nevada residents rely on the medical expertise of health care professionals to provide adequate care in their time of need, medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. According to the Journal of Patient Safety, experts estimate that up to 425,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors. Rather than complacently accepting medical treatment and advice, … [Read more...]

Medical mistakes determined third largest cause of death, study says

When patients enter a Las Vegas hospital, they do so with reasonable expectations that they will receive the proper medical care for their conditions. However, new research indicates that a significant number of patients fail to receive even the minimum standard of care in U.S. hospitals, and that lack of care is leading to an epidemic of preventable deaths. According to A New, Evidence-based … [Read more...]

Central line-associated bloodstream infections are a serious problem

While receiving medical care of any kind has its associated risks, patients who are admitted to hospitals or other care facilities in Nevada have the right to expect that they will receive the best possible level of care. However, many individuals and their families must deal with the consequences of receiving sub-par care that results in extra illness or infection, such as seen with central … [Read more...]

Study: Many robotic surgery errors underreported

The number of reported injuries directly linked to robotic surgery errors is rising, according to data collected from the Food and Drug Administration. In 2004, 13.3 adverse events per 100,000 procedures were reported, and this number increased to 50 events per 100,000 procedures in 2012. Many experts believe that the reports only show a small piece of the picture. FDA warning letter lists … [Read more...]

Reducing your risk of a medical misdiagnosis

When patients in Las Vegas seek medical care from a doctor, they expect to receive an accurate diagnosis that they can rely upon. However, this is often not what patients actually receive.  When a doctor mistakenly says that a patient suffers from one disease while the patient’s symptoms are really caused by another disease, a misdiagnosis has occurred. Misdiagnosis is also a national problem. … [Read more...]

Defective surgical mesh implants pose several risks

As women in Las Vegas grow older, surgeries, childbirth and weight issues can cause muscles in the pelvic area to weaken. When this occurs, additional problems such as urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can develop. Often, the recommended treatment is to reinforce the tissue by inserting a vaginal mesh implant. The risks According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, … [Read more...]

Up to 4,000 times a year, people are victims of surgical “never events”

Going through a surgical procedure in Las Vegas is always associated with some risk. However there are some mistakes that just should not happen. These surgical errors are called “never events” and according to a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine, they happen to people in the U.S. on average 4,000 times a year. The estimate comes from a review of medical malpractice claims but researchers … [Read more...]

How You Can Get Injured in Las Vegas

While enjoying the sights and sounds of Las Vegas nightlife for a weekend visit, no one plans to be involved in an auto accident in their rental car, slip and fall at a hotel as a result of someone else’s negligence, or visit a popular eatery only to then become the sick with food poisoning.  While no weekend vacationer to Las Vegas plans these types of misfortunes, they do sometimes happen. Auto … [Read more...]